Failure to maintain a clean food premises has seen a chip shop in Sandown fined after being charged with a total of 6 food safety and hygiene offences.
Fat Harry’s in High Street, Sandown was deemed to be so unclean that the Isle of Wight Council brought charges against the business for contravening/failing to comply with EU provision concerning food safety and hygiene. The decision to take the business to court only came about after Fat Harry’s failed a staggering 7 inspections since 2010.
The Isle of Wight Magistrates Court heard this week how the staff failed to effectively clean and, where necessary, disinfect equipment which food came into contact with. No hand basins were provided for staff to clean their hands and generally the premises had not been kept in a good state of repair. There was also a failure to maintain a permanent procedure based on ‘HACCP principles’.
Ceilings and overhead fixtures were not finished to prevent the accumulation of dirt and reduce condensation, the growth of undesirable moulds or shedding of particles. Floor surfaces were not maintained in a sound condition so as to be easy to clean and, where necessary, disinfected.
Manager Gary Beaumont of St John’s Road and director Susan Cotton of High Street, Sandown both appeared in court on Monday where they each pleaded guilty to all 6 offences.
Fat Harry’s Ltd was fined a total of £4,000 and ordered to pay a £181 surcharge. Beaumont was fined £853 as well as being ordered to pay costs of £639 with a surcharge of £85. Cotton was fined just £250, ordered to pay costs of £639 and a £25 surcharge – a total financial penalty of £6,668.
Amanda Gregory, the council’s strategic manager for regulatory and community safety services, has said:
“Hygiene and safety standards are there to protect the health and safety of people that eat from food premises.
“The environmental health department has a good track record of working with businesses to resolve issues around food hygiene and safety for the benefit of the business and their customers.
“Sadly, despite many inspections, advice and formal notices from our officers over the years, this case wasn’t one that we were able to gain a sustained improvement, which is why we took the decision to prosecute.”
At an inspection on 7th January 2020, it was recognised the business had improved standards and the outcome will appear on the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme https://ratings.food.gov.uk/ site after the appeal period.